I’ve learned so much since that first sale. I learned that writing one book doesn’t make writing the next one any easier. I learned the different between third person POV and first person POV. I learned about showing vs telling. I learned that I can’t write to music, and the internet is the devil for my productivity. I also learned that rejections still hurt, and the joy of a sale will never fade no matter how small the story.
I don’t think anyone realized just how much work would be involved in this writing and publishing thing (especially me), and every once in a while I’ll look back and wonder how things might be if I had never written that first book. My house would definitely be cleaner. I might have gone to a few cooking classes or taken up painting or knitting, or something. I might be the head of the PTA and my family would see me more often instead of looking at my bowed head highlighted by the glow of the computer screen, that’s for sure.
Would all of these things have made my life as fulfilling as writing has made me? Perhaps. I don’t really know for sure. All I know right now is that I love what I do, and I can’t go back. I can only move forward.
J.K. Coi is a multi-published, award winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She makes her home in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son and a feisty black cat who is the uncontested head of the household. While she spends her days immersed in the litigious world of insurance law, she is very happy to spend her nights writing dark and sexy characters who leap off the page and into readers’ hearts. Please find her online at http://www.jkcoi.com
Also writing Dark Fantasy for young adults as Chloe Jacobs. Find more information at http://www.chloejacobs.com.